Pierre Wolff

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Pierre Wolff by Paul Boyer c. 1905

Pierre Wolff (1 January 1865 in Paris – 1944) was a French playwright.[1]

Biography[edit]

Nazimova and Frank Gillmore in the Broadway production of The Marionettes (1911)

Pierre Wolff wrote numerous plays, as well as some libretti for operettas. He was the nephew of journalist Albert Wolff. His dramas were characterized by bitingly ironic observation of contemporary life, and by witty dialogue.[1] One of his earliest plays, Jacques Bouchard (1890) which was performed at Théâtre Libre, was such a flop that even his famous uncle lambasted it, but his subsequent plays were received with enthusiasm.[2] He had great success with the adultery-themed comedy Le Secret de Polichinelle (The Secret of Pulcinella),[3] which played in over 80 cities including in the United States, and also with Le Ruisseau.[4] Nazimova performed in Les Marionnettes when it was produced in the United States.[5]

Works[edit]

Plays[edit]

  • Le Cheval d'Aristote 1890
  • Jacques Bouchard, 1890[6]
  • Leurs filles, 1891[7]
  • Les Maris de leurs filles 1892[8]
  • Celles qu'on respecte, 1892
  • Celles qu'on aime, 1895
  • Fidèle!, 1895
  • Amants et maîtresses 1896[9]
  • Le Boulet, 1898
  • Le Béguin, 1900
  • Vive l'armée!, 1901
  • Sacré Léonce!, 1901
  • Le Cadre, 1902
  • Celles qu'on respecte 1903[10]
  • Le Secret de Polichinelle, 1903
  • L'Âge d'aimer 1905[11]
  • Le Ruisseau, 1907[4]
  • Le Lys, 1908
  • La Cruche, or J'en ai plein le dos de Margot 1909
  • Les Marionnettes 1910[12]
  • L'Amour défendu 1911
  • Les Deux Gloires 1916
  • Le Voile déchiré 1919
  • Les Ailes brisées 1920[13]
  • Le Chemin de Damas 1921[14]
  • Une sacré petite blonde with André Birabeau 1921
  • Les Deux amants 1922
  • L'École des amants 1923
  • Après l'amour, with Henri Duvernois 1924
  • Le Renard, 1925
  • Deux hommes, 1 act, 1926
  • Dibengo, with Henri Duvernois 1925
  • Le Dernier Client, 1 act, 1928
  • Dix minutes sur la terre, rewrite 1929
  • L'Invité, 1 act 1929
  • La Belle de nuit 1932
  • Les Deux vieilles, 1 act, 1932
  • L'Inroulable, 1 act

Librettist[edit]

  • Le Temps d'aimer, operetta in 3 actes, with Henri Duvernois, lyrics Hugues Delorme, music Reynaldo Hahn 1926
  • Moineau, operetta in 3 actes, with Henri Duvernois, lyrics Léon Guillot de Saix, music Louis Beydts, 1931

Filmography[edit]

Screenwriter[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Frank Moore Colby; Talcott Williams, editors (1918) "Wolff, Pierre", The New International Encyclopædia, Vol. 23, p. 671, Dodd, Mead and Co., New York
  2. ^ "Small Talk of the Boulevards" (April 12, 1905) The Sketch, Vol. 49, No. 637, p. 442, London
  3. ^ Alfred Jarry (1903) "Les Theatres", Revue Blanche, Vol. 30, p. 155 (in French)
  4. ^ a b Le Ruisseau (1907)
  5. ^ Barrett H. Clarke, translator (1914) "Antoine and the 'Free Theatre'", Four Plays of the Free Theater, Stewart & Kidd Co., Cincinnati
  6. ^ Jacques Bouchard (1890) Tresse & Stock, Paris
  7. ^ Leurs filles (1891)
  8. ^ Les Maris de leurs filles (1892)
  9. ^ Amants et maîtresses (1896)
  10. ^ Celles qu'on respecte (1903)
  11. ^ L'Âge d'aimer (22 April 1905) Illustration Théatrale, No. 10, Paris
  12. ^ Les Marionnettes (1910)
  13. ^ Les Ailes brisées (1920)
  14. ^ Le Chemin de Damas (1922)

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